BOLD SHOW FROM CALYPSO CHOIR

KIRK HOPING FOR A BOLD SHOW FROM CALYPSO CHOIR IN EBF BREEDERS' SERIES FILLIES HANDICAP

 
Thursday July 14th 2016 – The new EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series continues on Saturday (July 16th) with races at both Newbury and Newmarket.

Eight runners have been declared for the Bathwick Tyres EBF Breeders' Series Fillies' Handicap over a mile worth £30,000 with trainer Ralph Beckett who recorded five winners last Saturday looking for more success. He saddles Golden Stunner who is bidding to land her hat-trick after wins at Nottingham and most recently at Newmarket.  

Calypso Choir is one of 15 declared runners for the EBF Breeders' Series Fillies' Handicap at Newmarket worth £20,000 over six furlongs. Her rivals include Silver Rainbow who will be looking to follow up on her recent success at Newbury for trainer Charlie Hills.

Calypso Choir finished a close up second on her latest start at Goodwood back in June and her trainer Sylvester Kirk is hoping she can double her winning tally on her seventh start on Saturday.

Sylvester Kirk, trainer of Calypso Choir, said:

"She is in great form, but we have just been waiting for the ground to dry up for her. It is an extremely competitive race but she should give a good account of herself. The faster the ground the better, so I am hoping the rain stays away. The prize-money is great in these EBF Fillies’ Series races so that always helps.”

David Bowe, manager of Littleton Stud, owned by Calypso Choir’s owner, Jeff Smith said:

"The EBF have been instrumental with prize-money and sponsorship over the years and I believe the new EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series launched this year is a fantastic idea.  Something like this has been badly needed for a long time, as in the past there have been limited opportunities for three year old and upwards fillies. The prize-money is exceptional and I cannot emphasise enough how much of a success the series has been so far.”

The EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series boasts overall prizemoney of £625,000 and has been specifically designed to give valuable opportunities to those fillies that fall just below black type level, encouraging their owners and owner-breeders to keep them in training rather than sell them or retire them.

For further information please contact:
Kerry Murphy, CEO of the European Breeders’ Fund
Phone:  01638 667960 or 07788 497644

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Meydan Group Signs Sponsorship Agreement with Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy

The Meydan Group has become an Official Sponsor of the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 to be held August 23 - September 7, 2014 in Normandy, France.

This is another significant step in Meydan’s ongoing commitment to equestrian sports around the world. The agreement continues the relationship established with the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Aachen and in 2010 when the Games were held in Lexington, Kentucky (USA).

Mr. Malih Lahej Al Basti, Vice Chairman of Meydan Group, said: "Meydan and the developing Meydan City is the visionary concept of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and was inspired by the love of the horse and equestrian sports. Meydan is home to the world’s richest horse race, the Dubai World Cup and we are committed to aiding the development of the equine industry at a global level.

"We are pleased to demonstrate this passion through our role as an Official Sponsor of the Games. This is a prestigious competition that is truly international in its reach. The event provides Meydan with an excellent means to communicate our role in equine sports and highlights our exciting commercial ventures here in Dubai.”

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian GamesTM 2014 in Normandy will be held over two weeks (16 days) and is the largest equestrian event in the world, with over 60 nations competing including the UAE and approximately 1,000 athletes with just as many horses. Eight FEI disciplines will be represented at the Games: Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Endurance, Driving, Reining, Vaulting and Para-Dressage.

As part of its sponsorship agreement, Meydan will be associated with all eight Official Disciplines, with the 2014 World Endurance Championship named "Meydan Endurance at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014”. This competition will be held on August 28, with the course taking in the bay of the iconic Mont Saint-Michel near Sartilly.

Half a million people are expected to witness the equestrian competitions in each of the disciplines. Media coverage will be world-wide with an anticipated 1,000 journalists catering to global audiences of hundreds of millions.

Normandy is considered the home of the horse in France. The renowned region is home to a wide range of breeds and the equine sector has become one of the leading economic focuses of the region.

About the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy:

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy marks the beginning of a whole succession of international sporting events in France: UEFA EURO 2016, the 2017 World Handball Championships and the 2018 Ryder Cup. Held every 4 years, alternating with the Olympic Games and under the authority of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the FEI World Equestrian Games™ are the biggest equestrian event in the world. They will be held from 23 August to 7 September 2014.The event brings together 8 FEI disciplines over a period of two weeks of competition: Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Reining, Vaulting, Endurance and Para-Dressage. Over 60 nations and nearly 1,000 athletes will come together to demonstrate equestrian competitions of the highest standard to the 500,000 visitors expected at the various sites.

http://www.normandy2014.com

About Meydan Group

Meydan is the visionary concept of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. It is the culmination of this vision to create not just the ultimate venue for horseracing, but also an integrated city that is sustainable, environmentally responsible and also one that positions Dubai at the centre of the competitive global business stage.

Meydan Group features the prestigious Meydan Racecourse, home to the Dubai World Cup and 5 months of thoroughbred horse racing. The Meydan Hotel, a five-star destination for leisure and business travel, is complemented by premium leisure and sporting attractions The Track Meydan Golf, the Meydan Tennis Academy and Meydan IMAX theatre. A series of state-of-the-art business parks, residential villa communities, schools, hospitals and business towers will intermingle with luxury waterfront developments and shopping destinations featuring a Signature Mall. The Meydan Group portfolio also includes Meydan Beach, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Emirates Equestrian Centre and Dubai Equestrian Club with endurance, dressage and show jumping championships.

http://www.meydan.ae